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-year anniversary of superstorm sandy's landfall on the northeast and the destruction that it brought to a ruinous path through connecticut, new york, new jersey, and rhode island. and i will be joined today on the floor and ask unanimous consent that we be permitted to engage in a colloquy by my colleagues from new york, senator schumer; and from rhode island, senator whitehouse, if there is no objection. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. blumenthal: thank you, mr. president. i can scarcely capture in words the awesome, monstrous power of this storm as it hit the northeast. and as i traveled through it, i was near the coastline of connecticut, traveling some of the roads in the midst of this storm as it ripped through my state, tearing apart communities along our coast, destroying homes and businesses, displacing families, forever altering the shoreline itself. and anybody who questions the power of nature at its most destructive should have seen this storm as it unfolded and the damage that it left in its wake. in fact, in connecticut, $770 million in damages. what i remember from to
, super storm sandy made landfall in my part of the united states. its impact up and down the east coast were devastating and heartbreaking. new york, new jersey, parts of new england were hit particularly hard. in delaware, we did not experience the level of devastation that was inflicted on our neighbors to the north and to the east, but our state did receive significant damage. in total, there were over 200 detectives attributed to superstorm sandy. today we remem remember the lives lost and those forever impacted by this storm. as i travel through delaware during and after the storm i saw some of the massive impacts of that storm firsthand. but i saw something else as well. i saw people from all walks of life pulling together, helping one another and taking care of their neighbors. the impacts of that superstorm are still fresh in my mind today as we continue to rebuild. in delaware, new jersey, in new york, and other places up the east coast. but not only are the impacts of the superstorm still fresh in my mind, something else is as well and that is this: the extraordinary efforts o
's continued effort to recover and rebuild from the devastation of superstorm sandy, which struck my are state a year ago today. working together, new jerseyans have made incredible progress in coming back from what the storm delivered, but our work continues. for those who have suffered so much loss, a year seems like an eternity. they must know that until all of the damage done by the tomorrow is undone, and until all the work needed to prk our state and its people, their property -- and their property from future storms like this is completed, we will not rest. so as i prepare to make the transition back to private life, i do so with a deep sen sense of grass tiewd to all move to made my service in the senate possible. this has been for me a remarkable five months. i know that i will in theees ahead look back on this time with gratitude and appreciation for the privilege of having served the people of new jersey in the senate of the united states of america. thank you, mr. president. i yield back. the presiding officer: the senator from delaware. mr. carper: while, the senator is still on t
are hotter, our droughts are drier and storms are fiercer. just over a year ago hurricane sandy crippled new york city and new jersey causing some 65 billion in damages. record floods swamped almost 200-miles of colorado, washed away roads, damaging or destroying thousand of homes and killing at least eight people for too long our political leaders found reason to dlag the feet. some dismissed the signs. others thought the danger of climate change would become real long after they dead. they thought they could lead it to another generation or government to make the hard choices and take the tough votes. al gore saw it differently. he decided somebody need to say the difficult thing, the courageous thing. he told us the truth. climate change is real and dangerous. it's happening now. we should have begun to address the happen habits long ago. it didn't begin when he told the world about the truth. by the time we worked together in the clinton administration as a congressman senator, and vice president, al gore was
the own undercover agents in the occupy sandy relief efforts. and that, i think, has a real foacial chill people's activity. people who may want to go out and participate in occupy sandy and relief effort or the original occupy movement may be chilled from doing so if they think that their participation will be noted and it may have repurr cushion down the road. in some way it's a good audience to convey the point. there a lot of young people who might want jobs at rand or made in political movement if they want security clierns down the line. i think that's a profound problem. to go back to the oversight. there's a legal issue by the in surveillance problem because a doctrine of standing. whichly not bore you with in great detail. just to say there's a doctrine that said you can't challenge a program unless you can prove you have been harmed by it and your own subjective reaction to the program is not enough. so you to prove you have been targeted by it. well, nobody can prove they have been targeted by secret surveillance programs. so lawsuits, the aclu has brought the challenge the var
the fbi placed its own undercover agents inside the occupied sandy relief efforts. that has a real potential to chill people's political people who may want to go out and participate in occupied sandy relief efforts or the original occupied efforts. it may be chilled if people think their participation may be noted and that may have repercussions down the road. this is a good audience to convey that point. there are young people who might want jobs that rants or with the state department who might have second thoughts -- you might or with the rand state department who might have second thoughts. to go back to the oversight, there is a legal issue with oversight by the courts, particularly surveillance. says is a doctrine that you cannot challenge a program unless you can prove you have been harmed by it and your objective reaction to the existence of the program is not enough. you have to prove you have been targeted. nobody can prove they have been targeted by secret surveillance programs. the aclu has brought the challenge of warrantless surveillance programs and they have been t
from hurricane sandy. journal" is live on c-span every day at 7:00 eastern. >> the head of the centers for medicare and medicaid services will testify this morning before the house ways and means committee about implementing the health care law and about healthcare.gov. also, the house intelligence nsaittee will examine surveillance programs. witnesses will include james clapper, james cole, and keith alexander. >> defense secretary chuck hagel held a news conference with the defense minister of new zealand. he was asked about nsa spying and iran's nuclear program. this is 15 minutes. >> afternoon. aftert afternoon -- good noon. jonathan coleman and i just finished a working lunch where we reinforced of the close ties between the united states and new zealand. having fought together in every major conflict of the last century, including afghanistan, our bonds are rooted in common interests but also in the history and values we share. our partnership is important. it is important to peace and prosperity in the asia-pacific and the united states remains committed to strengthening this pa
questions about from hurricane sandy. washington journal is live on at 7:00 a.m. ay eastern. at the week ahead on capitol hill. and what can you tell us about that's et conference meeting wednesday. who's involved, and what are the main issues? >> the budget conference is for the first time in years, the bicameral, bipartisan conferees to hash out all of the issues we've been -- before, uring during, and in the immediate wake of the end of the government shutdown. we have at the forefront house budget committee chairman paul from wisconsin and in the senate, we have washington democrat patty murray. issues they're going to be looking at relate to whether we with some kind of big plan, hopefully, you know, ten-year is maybe a plan if we're going to be particularly ambitious looking at everything from the of the sequester to blueprint for tax reform. we deal with raising taxes or not. how we drive down the deficit. how are many visions for we should be moving forward with our spending and budgeting and t's going to be really interesting to watch and see where agreements are made and wher
will take your questions about recovery from hurricane sandy. "washington journal" is next. host: welcome to washington journal on this october 29. it is a day on capitol hill today. the house ways and means committee holds a hearing with marilyn tavener on the health care website. ate coverage on c-span three 10 a.m.. we'll hear from top national security officials about the nsa surveillance program, including questions about spying on u.s. allies. span 3 and c-on c- span.org at 1:30 p.m. eastern time.
are gone. my successor and elected insurance republican commissioner sandy kraeger and i worked on a whole series of plans to expand coverage. i did work on these issues and we were not necessary -- >> you say these were lousy plans and miss tavenner said no true insurance. do you think the plans weren't true insurance? >> in the individual market, the insurance commissioner in kansas and virtually every place in the country -- >> it's a yes -- >> it's a yes or no question. were they true insurance plans? >> a lot of them are not true insurance plans, no. >> i yield back. >> gentleman from vermont. >> i'm going to summarize what i've been hearing. number one, the website must be fixed. you've been very forthright and you're going to fix it. number two, we've had a real battle about health care, had a battle in this congress. it was passed and the president signed it and the supreme court affirmed it, a brutal battle. there was an election people where the american people affirmed it and then the shut down in the threat of deabt default. all of us represent people who are going to win or lo
and how this affects public safety. the case of trayvon martin like sandy hook massacre -- mr. chairman i requested hearings on this matter as member of the house judiciary committee that receive no response from the chairman. examining the "stand your ground" law's and whether they make our communities safer or less safe is critically important as part of a larger emanation of the impact of gun violence on america. sadly we lose a classroom full of kids every day to gun violence across this country and there have been no hearings in the house so senator durbin i applaud you for your leadership and for holding this hearing are the fundamental problem is americans are so afraid of other americans that they feel they must arm themselves. the gum lobby is pursuing to reshape our laws to make this practice more socially and legally acceptable. special interest are relaxing our laws resulting in an escalation of the deadliness of these confrontations. i've never believed allowing more guns will mean less gun violence. we must confront the deadly combination on easily available guns. we must ex
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